NIH Celebrates 25 Years of OBSSR, Issues an RFI regarding Animal Research
July 9, 2020
Though the COVID-19 pandemic has brought public attention primarily to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a whole has continued to advance the fields of brain and behavioral sciences in June and July.
July 1 marked the 25th anniversary of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research’s (OBSSR) founding. Dr. Norman B. Anderson, PhD of Florida State University served as its first Director. Thoughread more
NIH Announces Preprint Pilot
June 17, 2020
The urgency of finding a cure and vaccine for COVID-19 underscores the need for enhanced rigor and broader discovery and distribution of early research results. To this end, National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the NIH Preprint Pilot to increase discoverability of preprints — complete, pre-peer review public drafts of scientific documents.
Building on the March 2017 NIH Guide Notice (NOT-OD-17-050), the pilot will test the possibilityread more
Societal Experts Action Network Connects Scientists to Policy Makers
June 17, 2020
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, with support from the National Science Foundation, has created the Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN). The project’s goal is to connect decision makers leading the response to COVID-19 with behavioral and social science researchers able to inform critical local, state, and federal policy and practice responses to the pandemic.
On June 11, SEAN released a rapid expert consultation guide to support leadersread more
Societies Consortium Provides Guidance on Inclusivity in Virtual Meetings
June 4th, 2020
The Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM held a virtual conference on May 21st entitled “Effective Approaches to Adopting Inclusive Conduct and Honors Policies”. While virtual meetings have the potential to faciliate access for some people, they can also create additional complications for vulnerable groups. In some cases, proper measures and sensitivity can address these barriers. Interacting in cyberspace is known to elicit a different set ofread more